Posted by: ktzefr | February 21, 2017

Butterflies in Winter

img_1199I spend most of the winter thinking about spring and the return of hummingbirds and butterflies.  Though I prefer heading south to Mexico or the islands in autumn, along with the migrating critters, the next best thing is a visit to the Butterfly Pavilion at the Smithsonian Natural History Museum.

This past Saturday was sunny and mild outside and it felt almost like the tropics in the flower-and-mist-filled Pavilion.  Here are some favorites…

Butterfly, Mariposa; Smithsonian Natural History Exhibit; Photo:KFawcett

Butterfly, Smithsonian Natural History Exhibit; Photo:KFawcett

The pavilion is filled with exotic plants and live butterflies from around the world.

 

Butterfly, Smithsonian Natural History Exhibit; Photo:KFawcett

Butterfly, Smithsonian Natural History Exhibit; Photo:KFawcett

The sphinx moth looks like a hummingbird buzzing around the blooms.  It’s also called the hummingbird moth.

 

Sphinx Moth, Smithsonian Natural History Exhibit; Photo:KFawcett

Sphinx Moth, Smithsonian Natural History Exhibit; Photo:KFawcett

 

Butterfly, Smithsonian Natural History Exhibit; Photo:KFawcett

Butterfly, Smithsonian Natural History Exhibit; Photo:KFawcett

 

Monarch butterfly, Smithsonian Natural History Exhibit; Photo:KFawcett

Monarch butterfly, Smithsonian Natural History Exhibit; Photo:KFawcett

The beautiful Blue Morpho is the one that got away.  Though there were three or four floating around the pavilion, they didn’t stay still long enough to get a good picture.  One of the Blue Morpho liked to park himself on the tile floor — a dangerous spot with so many feet coming and going and not the best background to show off his lovely blue metallic wings.  Maybe next time…

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